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Newt Gingrich Acknowledges ‘Contradictions’ On His Libya Views, ‘I Was Trying To Follow Obama’
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Posted on 03/26/2011 10:45:31 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Newt Gingrich Acknowledges ‘Contradictions’ On His Libya Views, ‘I Was Trying To Follow Obama’

March 26, 2011 12:06 PM

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Potential 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defended his shifting positions on whether the U.S. military should have intervened in Libya on Saturday, saying that he was responding to President Obama’s changing views.

“The fact is that on each day I was on television I was responding to where the president was that day,” Gingrich told a gathering of conservative Iowans. “And so obviously there were contradictions.”

“It’s true,” he added, “I was trying to follow Obama.”

The former Republican House Speaker originally expressed support for the enforcement of a no-fly zone using American military force, but earlier this week he appeared to flip-flop, calling President Obama’s decision to get involved an act of “amateur opportunism.”

His explanation: “If you had asked, ‘should we jump in the lake?’ I would have said ‘no.’ Once we jumped in the lake I said, ‘swim as fast as you can.’”

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.abcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: facepalm; flipflop; gingrich; iowa; libya; newt; obama; palin; primaries
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Can't he just shut up and go away........
1 posted on 03/26/2011 10:45:34 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
....And ABC will question zero on his shifting position on Libya when?
2 posted on 03/26/2011 10:47:21 AM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Weathervane Gingrich


3 posted on 03/26/2011 10:48:55 AM PDT by bkopto ("I like being President. And it turns out I'm pretty good at it." Barack Obama, February 2009)
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To: Sub-Driver

4 posted on 03/26/2011 10:49:47 AM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Wow - THAT'LL win him some votes! Just what America needs, one dumb ass following another dumb ass.

Newt's a has-been loser!

5 posted on 03/26/2011 10:49:53 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Sub-Driver
‘should we jump in the lake?’

Newt, go ahead and jump. I'll throw you an anchor.

6 posted on 03/26/2011 10:50:44 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Sub-Driver

He has once again exposed his own foolishness.


7 posted on 03/26/2011 10:50:54 AM PDT by All Blue State
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To: Sub-Driver

Any fool who touts this loser on for President on FR should be banned immediately.


8 posted on 03/26/2011 10:51:26 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Sub-Driver

9 posted on 03/26/2011 10:51:33 AM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: Sub-Driver

10 posted on 03/26/2011 10:51:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

11 posted on 03/26/2011 10:51:49 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Sub-Driver
The former Republican House Speaker originally expressed support for the enforcement of a no-fly zone using American military force, but earlier this week he appeared to flip-flop, calling President Obama’s decision to get involved an act of “amateur opportunism.”

And emphasized that a true leader would have responded to the Libyan situation by increasing subsidies for ethanol and "whatever it is they produce in New Hampshire".

12 posted on 03/26/2011 10:51:52 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: Sub-Driver

In case you haven’t figured that out already, Mr. Speaker, that can be a very, very dangerous thing to do.


13 posted on 03/26/2011 10:51:58 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Sub-Driver

More people than not have seriously down-rated Obama in where he has taken our country, so why would any American patriot follow such a man?


14 posted on 03/26/2011 10:52:16 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHA! Both bring the crazy.


15 posted on 03/26/2011 10:52:48 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Sub-Driver
‘I Was Trying To Follow Obama’

A Gong Show moment.

16 posted on 03/26/2011 10:53:11 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Sub-Driver
I think u get my point. LOL
17 posted on 03/26/2011 10:53:33 AM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: Sub-Driver

We have finally run out of good candidates for leadership.


18 posted on 03/26/2011 10:56:02 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Sub-Driver
Newt jumped the sofa again.


19 posted on 03/26/2011 10:56:30 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Sub-Driver

I think he’s trying to be a smart-ass about it.


20 posted on 03/26/2011 10:57:01 AM PDT by Tempest (I put money ahead of people)
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To: Sub-Driver

Better title would be:

“Newt Gingrich Makes More Major Mistakes Than Humanly Possible In Run-up To Presidential Campaign.”


21 posted on 03/26/2011 11:00:22 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Intense, isn’t she? Wonder who he’ll take up with next? How does he get these women?

He is obviously going for the republican Obama vote. He’s got that constituency all sewn up. Add it to the middle aged “I’ve always wanted to make out with a guy on tv” women and he is really going places.


22 posted on 03/26/2011 11:01:02 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Tempest
"I think he’s trying to be a smart-ass about it."

HOW?? By being a dumb-ass about it??

23 posted on 03/26/2011 11:02:34 AM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: LADY J

Post of the day!


24 posted on 03/26/2011 11:03:02 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
We have finally run out of good candidates for leadership.

No, we haven't...



25 posted on 03/26/2011 11:03:02 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Newt is in a 1994 time-warp.
26 posted on 03/26/2011 11:06:00 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Windflier

Doesn’t she support U.S. military involvement in Libya ?


27 posted on 03/26/2011 11:11:40 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt’s day is over, he jumped the shark a long time ago.


28 posted on 03/26/2011 11:14:17 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: All
Another thread on FR that has to mention Palin. Sigh.

As far as Gingrich goes someone needs to tell him his time has come and gone. He needs to go away NOW.

29 posted on 03/26/2011 11:20:33 AM PDT by ejdrapes (Barack Obama is an incompetent boob)
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To: Windflier
"No, we haven't..."

You do realize that there's not a dime's worth of difference between Palin's Libya position and the Gingrich Libya position de jour, right?

In fact Gingrich followed Obama who followed Palin - who actually followed Hilary.

30 posted on 03/26/2011 11:21:11 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Slump Tester
Just what America needs, one dumb ass following another dumb ass.

I'm beginning to think that is all we have..

31 posted on 03/26/2011 11:22:38 AM PDT by Riodacat (And when all is said and done, there'll be a hell of a lot more said than done......)
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To: ejdrapes
"As far as Gingrich goes someone needs to tell him his time has come and gone. He needs to go away NOW."

There's a lot of things Gingrich is good at, but leadership isn't one of them. I think there would be a place for him in the next Republican administration - so long as he's following directives, not giving them.

32 posted on 03/26/2011 11:23:43 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: PieterCasparzen
Doesn’t she support U.S. military involvement in Libya ?

What Sarah said in response to Bozo's meddling in Libya, was something along the lines of, "We should be in it to win it. If there's any doubt, we should stay out."

Bozo (of course) can't make up his mind whether we ought to destroy Kaddafi, or whether we should help the UN or NATO do something. No one knows what the hell the mission objective is there, or where it will lead.

I don't think Sarah has said what she would have done with Libya as CIC. For what it's worth, neither have any of the other potential candidates for 2012, with the exception of Newt, who put his right foot in his mouth, then switched to his left foot.

33 posted on 03/26/2011 11:23:58 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: redreno

When a murderer like O.J. facepalms himself, you know you've said something dumb.
34 posted on 03/26/2011 11:27:58 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Windflier
"don't think Sarah has said what she would have done with Libya as CIC."

Then you would think wrong. Palin was the first national Republican to call for a no-fly zone - LONG before the UN approved a no-fly zone and LONG before Obama committed to a no-fly zone.

Hey, don't take my word for it, read her own words yourself - Dated February 22, 2011.

Here’s to Libya’s Freedom

35 posted on 03/26/2011 11:28:15 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand
You do realize that there's not a dime's worth of difference between Palin's Libya position and the Gingrich Libya position de jour, right?

Sarah hasn't expressed a real policy position on Libya. She made a comment that, "We should be in it to win it. If there's any doubt, we should stay out."

That comment was more a statement on Obama's dithering, aimless, and amateur meddling in Libya, than anything else.

36 posted on 03/26/2011 11:28:31 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only reason Newt got called on his position is, as bad as he is, he is perceived as a greater threat to Obozo than What’s my position today, Romney or the other boy from Hope, Huck.


37 posted on 03/26/2011 11:31:45 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t stop laughing!


38 posted on 03/26/2011 11:32:37 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Windflier

BTTT


39 posted on 03/26/2011 11:34:34 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: OldDeckHand
Palin was the first national Republican to call for a no-fly zone - LONG before the UN approved a no-fly zone and LONG before Obama committed to a no-fly zone.

Thanks for jogging my memory on that. You're right. She did call for a no-fly-zone before Obama actually committed to doing it.

For what it's worth, I would rather see our troops executing that mission under President Palin's leadership, than under the auspices of NATO, or the UN, like Bozo's trying to do.

At least they'd be under the command of someone who really commands. The mission objectives and the political objectives would be clear under Palin. Not so with Barry.

40 posted on 03/26/2011 11:36:09 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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"The mission objectives and the political objectives would be clear under Palin."

And what would those political objectives be, exactly?

The fact of the matter is it's becoming clear - and many people warned well beforehand - that the "rebels" were and are supported by al-Qaeda. Put another way, our "no-fly" zone is giving aid, comfort and cover to some of the same men who have been fighting US service member in Afghanistan & Iraq for the last 9-years.

There was never and is not now a "mission" in this Libyan civil war for the US military. And, to anyone with even a passing understanding of the history of Libya the last 50-years, this would have been self-evident. Gaddafi has claimed - correctly as it turns out - that the Cyrenaican tribes have been working with al-Qaeda for years. In fact, Gaddafi has been a partner with the us, providing intelligence.

Calling for and implementing a no-fly zone was a huge tactical blunder on our mistake - and it's a blunder shared by Obama, Gingrich and Palin.

41 posted on 03/26/2011 11:47:00 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand
Palin was the first national Republican to call for a no-fly zone - LONG before the UN approved a no-fly zone and LONG before Obama committed to a no-fly zone.

Yes, Palin called for a NFZ long before the UN and Obama agreed to it and long before Gaddafi beat back the opposition.

42 posted on 03/26/2011 11:49:52 AM PDT by FreeReign
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Isn’t the default answer to “should the U.S. military attack or start a war or get involved in a war” ..... no ?

Then, would not a POTUS gather advisors and analyze the situation to come up with self-defense-related reasons why U.S. military involvement is necessary ?

I think politicians have gotten so used to hearing “gotta support the troops” and so used to having troops overseas now for 10 years, that they knee-jerk just start sputtering about winning, coalitions, missions, etc., even if aroused from a sound sleep and have NO idea what war is being talked about or even if they’re dreaming or not.

I think because of the success and effectiveness of our military, ten years of war, and the fact that we don’t see uniformed war on our shores, it’s easy to think of war as some sort of team sport instead of a life and death struggle that could involve them directly. That’s where our military families have experience others don’t since they wind up seeing the effects of war on themselves.

The POTUS is best that rises above politics, which they can, politically, because it’s the last step in a political career. The political reality of war for our Republic that the founders wisely set up was that the President can be nimble and take emergency response actions to attacks on us in undeclared wars as they are Commander-In-Chief. But ultimately they are held accountable by a Congress which ultimately must hash out the pros and cons based on the political situation in the U.S. Of course, the Constitution designs our government in this way to limit the possibility of entering into wars on a whim.

One roadblock to politics accurately reflecting the will of the people is the Democratic party; it has to expunge anti-American radicals and any ties to them from within itself. If it can’t, perhaps in the coming years we will see them marginalized, and the current Republican party become a replacement for them, and a new party become the part of the “right” made up of Tea Party and conservatives of various stripes. If all true conservatives left the Republican party and joined such a new party, the Republican party would be marginalized unless it won over a lot of Democrats. Just food for thought; certainly the Tea Party effect is just starting to work on Congress and the Republican party is still moving to the right in their talking points, at least.

IMHO, in terms of the Libya war, and islam in general, I think that the most concerning threat to the U.S. is actually still communism. I think islam is merely a big skunk thrown in our face but not the real attack. Mind you, since we can’t entirely defeat islam with muslims living within our borders, it’s one mighty big, smelly skunk.


43 posted on 03/26/2011 11:50:08 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: Sub-Driver

He just gave his political opponents all the ammo they need:

A photo of Neut (spelling intentional), with the caption “I was following Obama.”

And then the couch photo of him & Pelosi.


44 posted on 03/26/2011 11:52:07 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (The "11th Commandment" applies to Republicans, not RINOs.)
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To: OldDeckHand
The fact of the matter is it's becoming clear - and many people warned well beforehand - that the "rebels" were and are supported by al-Qaeda

You know Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi is the rebel commander, how?

Because he says so?

45 posted on 03/26/2011 11:52:28 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Sub-Driver

He had some “contradictions” about NY 23 also.


46 posted on 03/26/2011 11:52:43 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (The most dangerous place on the face of the earth is between a liberal and their money.)
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To: Sub-Driver

47 posted on 03/26/2011 11:53:50 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt, grow up and start making your own decisions.


48 posted on 03/26/2011 11:54:17 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: OldDeckHand
Gaddafi has claimed - correctly as it turns out - that the Cyrenaican tribes have been working with al-Qaeda for years. In fact, Gaddafi has been a partner with the us, providing intelligence.

We gave Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi to Gaddafi. Gaddafi released Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi.

49 posted on 03/26/2011 12:00:06 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: OldDeckHand
...the "rebels" were and are supported by al-Qaeda. Put another way, our "no-fly" zone is giving aid, comfort and cover to some of the same men who have been fighting US service member in Afghanistan & Iraq for the last 9-years.

Alright, but when did this fact become apparent to all concerned - especially those without access to the latest intelligence briefings?

I first began hearing talk that the 'rebels' were in actual fact, Al Qaeda, only days ago. Prior to that, and while the situation was developing, the so-called uprising in Libya looked for all the world like a real citizen rebellion.

Of course, these revelations are embarrassing to every national level figure who's put their reputation on the line by making public comment about the Libya situation, but the administration has been in a better position to know the real facts on the ground, than anyone else. If anyone is to be excoriated for choosing the wrong response, it's them.

50 posted on 03/26/2011 12:06:55 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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